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Tim O'Reilly Speaks about Computer Book Market
August 17, 2004

Tim O'Reilly, founder of O'Reilly & Associates recently sent Don Burleson this note about the growth of O'Reilly publishing despite the overall downturn in the computer book market. Here are excerpts from Mr. O'Reilly's notes on the state of the computer book industry:

"Here's the net net. The computer book industry in general is in the middle of a sustained downturn. The combination of the dot com implosion and the slowdown in the growth of the retail channel (Barnes & Noble and Borders are no longer opening superstores at the same blistering pace) have led to successive 15-20% a year declines in computer book sales from their peak in the summer of 2000.

O'Reilly's market share has grown from 9 to 14%. We are now the third largest computer book publisher, after conglomerates Pearson (Addison Wesley, Prentice Hall, Peachpit, New Riders, Que, Sams, Brady Games, Cisco Press, Adobe Press, Macromedia Press, among others) at about 32% collectively, and Wiley (Wiley, For Dummies, Visual, Wrox, and others), at about 26% collectively. Behind us is Microsoft Press at about 12%, Osborne McGraw Hill at about 6%, Sybex at about 3.5%, and no other player consistently above 1%. We are larger than any other imprint or brand, including Dummies, in weekly sales as  reported by bookscan.

 We are the only major publisher who has grown share in this period. We are growing significantly across all our lines of business, and are in the strongest position we've been in since (like everyone else) we had to cut back in 2001."
 


 

 

 
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